Eat meat to save the world | The post millennium



In a recent New york times editor “The end of the meat is here”, author Jonathan Foer says that “If you are concerned about the working poor, racial justice and climate change, you must stop eating animals.”

It’s not quite that.

When the “food pyramid” was launched in 1970, we thought we had finally understood the problem of red meat. Since then, Americans have scrupulously followed the food pyramid and per capita consumption of red meat has dropped by almost 30%.

We now have the sickest population in the history of the world. I was one of those sick.

In the United States, more than $ 1.7 trillion is spent annually on chronic diseases. This tidal wave of illness has only accelerated with dietary recommendations to continue limiting the consumption of red meat and fats.

There is growing evidence that there may be another way to go. I only eat beef. My body was so riddled with autoimmune problems that it was the only way for me to be healthy. It’s the worst nightmare for vegans, but it shouldn’t be – and I’ll describe the reasons below. I have reversed severe rheumatoid arthritis and depression by doing the exact opposite of what the general public recommends. It’s almost impossible to believe and I wouldn’t have believed it 5 years ago, but here I am.

The real problem with red meat is that we don’t eat enough.

Let’s explain.

We have been misled by bad associative data that has been misinterpreted since the 1960s.

According to Jonathan: “We can live longer and healthier lives without that. Most American adults eat about double the recommended protein intake – including vegetarians, who eat 70% more than they need. People who eat diets high in animal protein are more likely to die from heart disease, diabetes and kidney failure. Almost none of this is true.

About 75% of the world’s calories come from plant foods, and dozens of studies have refuted the claim that red meat causes disease. This article reviewed randomized controlled trials that have evaluated the effect of red meats on cancer and cardiovascular outcomes. The authors found no significant link between eating red meat and an increased risk of heart disease or cancer. In 2019, after examining all of the available evidence, 19 BMJ researchers asked us to withdraw the guidelines for reducing saturated fat because the evidence no longer supports it. New studies show that diets high in red meat may be associated with a longer shelf life. The consumption of red meat is even associated with longer telomeres (a known anti-aging factor).

Last year’s PURE study of 140,000 people from 18 countries found the following:

  • Animal protein is associated with a lower risk of mortality.
  • Saturated fat is associated with a lower risk of coronary vascular disease.
  • The highest fat intake is associated with a 20% lower risk of death.
  • The highest carbohydrate intake is associated with a 28% higher risk of death.

In comparison, the study that informed the food pyramid was only conducted in seven countries and is dotted with flaws.

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Eight Asian studies on 300,000 people for 6 to 15 years revealed that “the consumption of red meat was inversely associated with mortality from CVD in men and mortality from cancer in women”. This study of 56,000 British individuals found no significant difference in mortality rates between vegetarians and meat eaters. The claim that high-protein diets damage kidney function? This meta-analysis of nearly 2,000 people has shown that high-protein diets do not negatively affect kidney function.


Studies on herbal diets consistently show lower levels of vitamins and minerals, including zinc, copper, selenium, iron, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin B12. These are essential for all metabolic processes. The vegan diet is likely to be deficient (sometimes even absent) in a number of nutrients. You must complete a vegan diet.

Deficiencies in zinc, DHA, vitamin B12, iron and vitamin B6 have all been linked to depression and bowel disorders [*] [*]. DHA, one of the most important nutrients for your brain, is almost completely absent from plant foods (other than algae, which, I’m sure we can all agree, is not a practical element in anyone’s diet. ). Plants contain ALA and EPA, which must be converted to DHA. It is an ineffective process when you can just eat animal products.

The Mayo Clinic highlights this argument, saying, “Vegans may be at increased risk for vitamin B12, iron, calcium, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein deficiencies.”

Plants are also deficient in nutritionally essential amino acids and bioactives such as taurine, carnosine and creatine, all three essential for cognitive function and antioxidant status. This study even found that vegetarians who supplemented with creatine improved their working memory (creatine supplementation did not affect those who already consumed meat). Another study found that supplementing with carnitine resolved depressive symptoms better than placebo.

Protein is also another problem with the vegan and vegetarian movement. According to this study, nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from protein deficiencies. Plant proteins alone cannot solve these problems. It’s a poor source of amino acids.

Conclusion: plants, contrary to popular belief, are not the superfoods they were designed for.

Red meat, on the other hand, is essential for health and loaded with nutrients in which many people are deficient.

But what about the climate? Will we even have a world to live in if we all eat red meat?

In Foer’s article, he says, “We cannot protect our environment while continuing to eat meat regularly. This is not a refutable perspective, but an ordinary truism. “

This often cited “truism” is factually false. According to a full lifecycle analysis by the EPA, all of combined farming produces 9% of the greenhouse gases in the United States. Livestock accounts for 4% of these emissions. Now, some simple calculations: what would it do to herbal farming? Yes, 5%. More than cattle. Meanwhile, transportation alone produces 28% of the greenhouse gases.

Red meat is red herring when it comes to climate change – just another attempt to save the failed assumption that red meat causes disease. Now, it is true that part of this monoculture agriculture will feed the cattle raised in the feedlot. However, 66 percent of this food goes to humans, and that number increases if we transform our agriculture into more regenerative practices. Foer goes on to say, “a plant-based diet is” the single most important contribution that any individual can make to reverse global warming. But according to the National Academy of Sciences, if we wiped out all animal farming, we would reduce greenhouse gases by just 2.6%. So what?

Foer is correct that much of the climate change and greenhouse gases come from the food industry. But they don’t come from cows. Monoculture farming, the common practice of growing a single crop year after year on the same land, is decimating our soil. According to doctor Mark Hyman in his book Food fix, “One third to 40 percent of all the carbon in the atmosphere that causes climate volatility comes from soil loss. Monoculture farming destroys the soil and kills the living matter in it, preventing it from storing carbon properly. Soil is the biggest problem and the most promising solution to climate change.

New research from the National Academy of Sciences estimates that we have lost 133 billion tonnes of carbon due to soil erosion since the agricultural revolution. The UN says we have only 60 years left of our crops due to our disastrous soil management practices. Each year 24 billion tonnes of topsoil are lost due to erosion. This is equivalent to removing six inches of soil from an area the size of Iceland each year. And there’s nowhere to go.

According to James P.S Neel, most of the world’s arable land is already in production. Fertilizer plays a major role in this destruction. When removing livestock from the agricultural process, farms must use artificial fertilizers to fix nitrogen in the soil. The fertilizer also releases nitrous oxide, which is 300 times more potent than traditional greenhouse gases. Fertilizer is one of the biggest consumers of natural gas, with fertilizer companies like Yara and Mosaic using more natural gas than Exxon.

This is not sustainable.

So what is the way to go?

Regenerative agriculture based on livestock.

Climate restoration comes down to the ground, and cattle are real soil magicians. Why? These are natural fertilizers. Cow poop is the black gold of the soil revolution. Grazing and foraging by natural livestock can help fertilize the soil with manure and restore it to its natural health, rejuvenating the soil and allowing it to sequester more carbon. Dennis Hancock estimates that we could sequester 4.5 tonnes of carbon per year in the soil with better farming practices – the equivalent of taking 3.4 billion cars off the road.

According to the UN, we could take 2 million hectares of degraded land worldwide and use regenerative agriculture to restore the soil and delay the progression of climate change for about 20 years. By imitating nature and allowing livestock to move freely on the ground and fertilize it with manure, we can press the reverse button of climate change. All the while, we can provide people with some of the most nutritious food in the world. In 2018, the government of Andhra Pradesh, India, announced that it will transition 8 million hectares of land from conventional to regenerative zero budget agriculture. General Mills has allocated 1 million acres of land for regenerative farming practices, and the non-profit group Regeneration International has 250 global partners.

White oak regeneration farms, for example, sequestered 3.5 e2 kg of CO2 per kg of beef versus 4 emissions of e2 kg of CO2 per kg for the Beyond Burger.

The argument that this model is not scalable is scientifically incorrect.

There is a lot of land on the planet, and a significant part of it (almost 25% of the globe) is not suitable for cultivation. However, it is perfectly suited to livestock-based agriculture. Ruminants (stomach animals with multiple compartments and rumen) are incredible machines that can recycle inedible cellulose for humans – the most common carbohydrate on the planet in the form of herbs – and transform it into delicious steaks, milk and nutrients. When these herbivores move freely, you eliminate the need for tillage and fertilizer. Cows naturally replenish nitrogen in the soil.

So the truth is: the vegan diet will not restore the environment. In fact, it will continue the deadly progression of soil erosion and gradual destruction of the climate.

It is important that we address cruelty to animals. The last basic principle of veganism is that eating meat is unethical; Vegan activists will paste photos and videos of the animals you eat anywhere on the Internet and terrify you for avoiding the animals. I totally and totally disagree. If eating red meat increases human health and reduces disease, that should be our goal. There is nothing like the causes of the disease.

However, if you still worry about cruelty to animals, the best thing you can do is to become a meat eater, focusing on grass-fed and locally raised meat. Where we agree with Jonathan and many vegan activists is that industrial farming is cruel in many ways and there are certainly better ways. However, even with industrial farming, the vegan diet kills even more animals if you look at the statistics. Tillage alone is deadly to many living things. To clean the soil in order to plant crops, farmers must plow it, removing all the animals residing on this land. Farmers spray their fields with pesticides to kill more insects. These pesticides not only destroy the lives of insects, but they also harm human health.

In fact, Monsanto has just settled a $ 2 billion lawsuit because its pesticide, RoundUp, the most widely used pesticide in the world, causes cancer. This is real cruelty. The runoff of artificial fertilizer has created a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico that has killed more than 200,000 tonnes of fish. This is unprecedented large-scale slaughter, all caused by our plant-based farming practices. According to Mike Archer, professor at the University of NSW, 25 times more animals die to produce equal weight of wheat protein and beef protein. On the other hand, a cow can produce about 500 pounds of edible trimmed beef. This would give a person access to 1.36 lbs of meat per day or food for an entire year. And incredibly, the only input that a properly managed process like this requires is the sun, precipitation and grass – three things that already exist harmoniously in nature.

It is time to restore our food and farming practices to their natural roots. Only then can we restore the health of humanity and the health of our beautiful planet.

So to conclude, I only eat beef and I am more vegan than vegan.



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